Definitions of lead

  1. To go before and show the way; to go first; to conduct, as a chief or commander; to draw; to have a tendency to; to exercise dominion.
  2. To cover, fasten, fit, or fill up with lead; supply with leads, as type.
  3. To cover, fill, or affect with lead; as, continuous firing leads the grooves of a rifle.
  4. To place leads between the lines of; as, to lead a page; leaded matter.
  5. To guide or conduct with the hand, or by means of some physical contact connection; as, a father leads a child; a jockey leads a horse with a halter; a dog leads a blind man.
  6. To guide or conduct in a certain course, or to a certain place or end, by making the way known; to show the way, esp. by going with or going in advance of. Hence, figuratively: To direct; to counsel; to instruct; as, to lead a traveler; to lead a pupil.
  7. To conduct or direct with authority; to have direction or charge of; as, to lead an army, an exploring party, or a search; to lead a political party.
  8. To go or to be in advance of; to precede; hence, to be foremost or chief among; as, the big sloop led the fleet of yachts; the Guards led the attack; Demosthenes leads the orators of all ages.
  9. To draw or direct by influence, whether good or bad; to prevail on; to induce; to entice; to allure; as, to lead one to espouse a righteous cause.
  10. To guide or conduct one's self in, through, or along ( a certain course); hence, to proceed in the way of; to follow the path or course of; to pass; to spend. Also, to cause ( one) to proceed or follow in ( a certain course).
  11. To begin a game, round, or trick, with; as, to lead trumps; the double five was led.
  12. To tend or reach in a certain direction, or to a certain place; as, the path leads to the mill; gambling leads to other vices.
  13. To cover, fit, or join with lead; in printing, to place thin metal strips between the lines of.
  14. To conduct by the hand; as, to lead a little child; show the way to; guide by advice; to have the direction or control of; as, to lead an army; to go ahead of; to be first among; as, to lead one's class; induce; spend; as, to lead an unhappy life; to begin a game by playing ( a cetrain card).
  15. To cover or fit with lead: ( print.) to separate lines with leads.
  16. To show the way by going first: to guide by the hand: to direct: to precede: to allure.
  17. To cover or fit with lead.
  18. To go before, as a guide; conduct; precede.
  19. To guide by going before; precede; conduct; induce.
  20. To guide or conduct, as by accompanying, going before, showing, influencing, directing with authority, etc.; to have precedence or preeminence; to be first or chief; - used in most of the senses of lead, v. t.
  21. To take the first place; act as a guide, director, etc.; to take a course; as, the path leads through the woods; to conduct; as, the broad way leads to destruction; play the first card or domino.
  22. To go before and show the way: to have a tendency: to exercise dominion:- pr. p. leading; pa. t. and pa. p. led.
  23. be conducive to; " The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing"
  24. result in; " The water left a mark on the silk dress"; " Her blood left a stain on the napkin"
  25. To act as guide; extend or reach.
  26. To cover with lead; to fit with lead; to widen the space between lines by inserting a lead or thin plate of type- metal.
  27. To guide by the hand; to guide by showing the way; to conduct; to direct; to govern; to precede; to allure; to induce; to prevail on; to spend. To lead astray, to guide in a wrong way or into error. To lead captive, to carry into captivity.
  28. To cover with lead; in printing, to widen the spaces between the lines by inserting leads, or slips of type- metal.
  29. To guide; to conduct; to go before to show the way; to have a tendency to; to spend or use, as to spend a pleasant life or day; to draw; to entice; to induce.
  30. Leading.
  31. Sheets of lead for covering roofs; a flat roof so covered.
  32. a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull gray; " the children were playing with lead soldiers"
  33. an indication of potential opportunity; " he got a tip on the stock market"; " a good lead for a job"
  34. a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire; " it was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads"
  35. the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge; " the lead was in the dummy"
  36. a position of leadership ( especially in the phrase ` take the lead'); " he takes the lead in any group"; " we were just waiting for someone to take the lead"; " they didn't follow our lead"
  37. mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil
  38. the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal- combustion engine
  39. an advantage held by a competitor in a race; " he took the lead at the last turn"
  40. a news story of major importance
  41. ( baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base; " he took a long lead off first"
  42. an actor who plays a principal role
  43. An article made of lead or an alloy of lead
  44. A plummet or mass of lead, used in sounding at sea.
  45. A thin strip of type metal, used to separate lines of type in printing.
  46. Sheets or plates of lead used as a covering for roofs; hence, pl., a roof covered with lead sheets or terne plates.
  47. A small cylinder of black lead or plumbago, used in pencils.
  48. The act of leading or conducting; guidance; direction; as, to take the lead; to be under the lead of another.
  49. precedence; advance position; also, the measure of precedence; as, the white horse had the lead; a lead of a boat's length, or of half a second.
  50. The act or right of playing first in a game or round; the card suit, or piece, so played; as, your partner has the lead.
  51. An open way in an ice field.
  52. A lode.
  53. The course of a rope from end to end.
  54. The width of port opening which is uncovered by the valve, for the admission or release of steam, at the instant when the piston is at end of its stroke.
  55. the distance of haul, as from a cutting to an embankment.
  56. The action of a tooth, as a tooth of a wheel, in impelling another tooth or a pallet.
  57. The announcement by one voice part of a theme to be repeated by the other parts.
  58. A mark or a short passage in one voice part, as of a canon, serving as a cue for the entrance of others.
  59. The excess above a right angle in the angle between two consecutive cranks, as of a compound engine, on the same shaft.
  60. In spiral screw threads, worm wheels, or the like, the amount of advance of any point in the spiral for a complete turn.
  61. A conductor conveying electricity, as from a dynamo.
  62. The angle between the line joining the brushes of a continuous- current dynamo and the diameter symmetrical between the poles.
  63. The advance of the current phase in an alternating circuit beyond that of the electromotive force producing it.
  64. A rle for a leading man or leading woman; also, one who plays such a rle.
  65. A soft, heavy, bluish- gray metal; a weight attached to a rope for sounding depths at sea; a thin strip of metal for separating lines of type in printing; a stick of graphite or black carbon used in pencils.
  66. Guidance; first place or position; in games, the right to play first or the play made.
  67. A well- known metal of a bluish- white color: the plummet for sounding at sea: a thin plate of lead separating lines of type:- pl. a flat roof covered with lead.
  68. First place: precedence: direction: guidance.
  69. A soft heavy metal.
  70. Precedence; guidance.
  71. Position in advance; priority; guidance; command.
  72. A soft, heavy, bluish - gray metal; some leaden object, as a thin slip to separate lines of type, a sinker, etc.
  73. Graphite. black lead.
  74. A well- known metal of a dull fluish- gray colour; a plummet, used in sounding at sea; a thin plate of metal, to separate lines in printing; a small stick of plumbago used in pencils.
  75. First place; precedence; guidance. To lead off or out, to begin.
  76. A soft metal of a bluish- grey colour; the plummet or piece of lead attached to a long string or cord, used in sounding at sea; a slip of type- metal.
  77. thin strip of metal used to separate lines of in printing
  78. the angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target ( correcting for the flight time of the missile)
  79. cause to undertake a certain action; " Her greed led her to forge the checks"
  80. lead, as in the performance of a composition; " conduct an orchestra; Bairenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"
  81. travel in front of; go in advance of others; " The procession was headed by John"
  82. be in charge of; " Who is heading this project?"
  83. tend to or result in; " This remark lead to further arguments among the guests"
  84. stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point; " Service runs all the way to Cranbury"; " His knowledge doesn't go very far"; " My memory extends back to my fourth year of life".
  85. lead, extend, or afford access; " This door goes to the basement"; " The road runs South"
  86. cause something to pass or lead somewhere; " Run the wire behind the cabinet"
  87. be ahead of others; be the first; " she topped her class every year"
  88. One of the elements, a heavy, pliable, inelastic metal, having a bright, bluish color, but easily tarnished. It is both malleable and ductile, though with little tenacity, and is used for tubes, sheets, bullets, etc. Its specific gravity is 11. 37. It is easily fusible, forms alloys with other metals, and is an ingredient of solder and type metal. Atomic weight, 206. 4. Symbol Pb ( L. Plumbum). It is chiefly obtained from the mineral galena, lead sulphide.
  89. In an internal- combustion engine, the distance, measured in actual length of piston stroke or the corresponding angular displacement of the crank, of the piston from the end of the compression stroke when ignition takes place; -- called in full lead of the ignition. When ignition takes place during the working stroke the corresponding distance from the commencement of the stroke is called negative lead.
  90. Leaden, of, or like, lead.
  91. Made or consisting of lead.
  92. Led.